By Kira Heuer
What’s next, privatising air?? This is a issue that we really want to bring home, Nestlé’s latest attempt to privatise and control public water resources is on the make. Nestlé’s Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, has explained his philosophy with “The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.” UHM, seriously!? Someone needs to reconsider some of their words here. Since that quote has gotten widespread attention, Brabeck has backtracked, but his company has not. Around the world, Nestlé is bullying communities into giving up control of their water. At the World Water Forum in 2000, Nestlé successfully lobbied to stop water from being declared a universal right — declaring open hunting season on our local water resources by the multinational corporations looking to control them. For Nestlé, this means billions of dollars in profits. For us, it means paying up to 2,000 times more for drinking water because it comes from a plastic bottle. Now, in countries around the world, Nestlé is promoting bottled water as a status symbol. As it pumps out fresh water at high volume, water tables lower and local wells become degraded. Safe water becomes a privilege only affordable for the wealthy.
Please take a few minutes and sign up this petition to take a stand for public water sources! Let’s say NO to the big scary corporations and take back our power (remember, we are the ones who have it) fresh water is everyone’s right, a gift from mother nature, and not a source for private profits. Take this time to also change habits on how you purchase your water, try to use glass bottles, carafes, glass sports bottles…so many alternatives to stop these guys (our website has some great suggestions for you) . If you stop buying their products, they are stopped. That is the way forward.
Tell Nestlé that we have a right to water. Stop locking up our resources! Click here to sign the petition.